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Child Endangerment

  • Penal Code section PC 273-A

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Child Endangerment

California’s child endangerment statute covers a variety of potential actions against a child. A person who permits or causes a child to go through unjustifiable mental suffering or physical pain, for instance, can face these charges. Additionally, anyone who willfully permits or causes a child that they are caring for to be injured will face the charge.

Lastly, anyone who willfully permits or causes any child to be in a situation that’s deemed dangerous can be charged under the statute. As already mentioned, there is no need for actual harm to come to a child for this charge to be levied against a person.

Bail Amounts for These Charges

California counties are allowed to set their own bail amounts for any crime committed within their jurisdiction. These amounts are listed in their bail schedules and, unfortunately for many, these amounts are often high and can vary greatly between counties.

In Los Angeles County alone, the bail amount can range from $15,000 to $25,000, depending on whether or not the risk of great bodily injury existed. Most other counties focus their schedules on whether or not great bodily harm or death could have occurred. Sacramento County, for instance, sets their bail amount for this crime at $50,000. Orange and Santa Barbara counties, on the other hand, have amounts set at $100,000. These are for felony charges, but the schedules still have instructions on presumptive bail amounts for misdemeanor charges which may not be listed.

The aforementioned bail amounts are obviously high, so it’s best to reach out to a bond agency like Bail Hotline. With maximum fees of only 10 percent of a person’s face bail amount required to secure their release, it is a much more cost effective method of getting out of jail.